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Man Mo Temple

124-126 Hollywood Road | Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, China
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The Man Mo Temple Compound on Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan comprising three blocks, namely Man Mo Temple, Lit Shing Kung and Kung Sor, was built approximately between 1847 and 1862 by wealthy Chinese merchants. Man Mo Temple was built mainly for the worship of Man Cheong (God of Literature) and Mo Tai (God of Martial Arts). Lit Shing Kung was built for the worship of all heavenly gods. Kung Sor was used as a meeting place and for resolving matters related to the Chinese community in the area. The three blocks are separated by two alleys. The Temple was officially entrusted to Tung Wah Hospital with the enactment of the Man Mo Temple Ordinance in 1908. Even nowadays, the Directors of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and community celebrities still congregate in the Temple every year at the Autumn Sacrificial Rites to pay homage to Man Cheong and Mo Tai as well as to invoke prosperity of Hong Kong. The Temple has imperative historical and social values to the territory, representing the traditional social organization and religious practices of the Chinese community in old Hong Kong. Man Mo Temple is a two-hall-three-bay structure fronted by two granite drum platforms. A pair of screen doors is placed in the front hall. Following the traditional Chinese architectural layout, the rear hall housing the altars of the deities is a few steps higher than the front hall. Between the two halls is a covered courtyard flanked by two side chambers with humpbacked roofs. The courtyard is covered with a double-eaved hip-and-gable roof supported by four granite columns at the corners of the courtyard. Lit Shing Kung, which is attached to the left of Man Mo Temple, was originally a three-hall-two-courtyard structure. The two courtyards were later covered by steel roofs. Kung Sor is a simple one-hall structure. The historic granite doorframe on which the year of construction of Kung Sor can be found is still well preserved. The magnificent Man Mo Temple Compound is a fine example of traditional Chinese vernacular architecture. It is exquisitely decorated with ceramic figurines, granite carvings, wood carvings, plaster mouldings and murals, reflecting superb traditional craftsmanship.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I always visit this Temple. It is on the Island side on Hollywood Road in a non-descript setting. You walk in and are hit with a strong smell of incense, which I love. There are bells, lanterns, candles and a glow all around. There are...More

Thank finesilver
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place to visit and feel holy. Unique experience. People in the temple were giving the freedom to take picture, enough time to explore.

Thank James A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tiny temple bit it is a must do. Incense burning, drums and bells to have a glimpse of the local people religious beliefs.

Thank Leonor L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hidden in the back streets of central district, Man Mo Temple is small but beautifully crafted. Worth the visit

Thank Mark W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First impressions didn't make me feel that I had to go in. However as soon as you step over the threshold, the smell of incence is wonderful. This is a very small and beautiful temple to visit. A real feast for the eyes.

Thank ejs0072017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are a photographer this is a great place to visit. The temple is not very big and takes a little bit of effort to find it but once you walk in you are transfixed by the sunlight shining through the incense candles on...More

Thank Tony h
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the Man Mo Temple the God of Literature (Man) and the God of War (Mo) are worshipped. When you enter the temple your eyes need to adjust to the smoke of the many incense stick burning. It’s a classic example of red lanterns, incense...More

Thank goalgent
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The temple is small and hidden. There is quite lots of smoke inside from the scented candles and not lot of light, although I guess that's normal in a temple. It's worth the visit if you are in the area as there are not many...More

Thank Eva M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This temple was 5 min from our hotel. The spiral incense will leave you in peaceful awe. Incense are provided free of charge by the temple. Light a few and take in this little unexpected gem.

Thank Twid1De
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

You wont imagine such a place right in the central of this vibrant city. So peaceful and so divine inside you will fall in love for this place at your 1st visit. Look for the incense sticks they are amazing and do spend some time...More

Thank Debmalya S
Sheung Wan
Unlike most of Hong Kong’s other popular districts,
Sheung Wan welcomes wanderers with an easy-going,
relaxed atmosphere. Art galleries are plentiful and
boutique cafés are tucked away in every side street in
the sub district known as “PoHo.” Browse through the
vintage clothing and handmade leather goods stores –
it’s no surprise fashionistas flock to this area.
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We were pushed for time and jumped in a taxi